On 10 January 2014, the State Department announced, after consultations with Departments of Justice and Treasury, designations of Ansar al-Shari’a in Benghazi (Libya), Ansar al-Shari’a in Darnah (Libya) and Ansar al-Shari’a in Tunisia as Foreign Terrorist Organisations under section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act and as Specially Designated Global Terrorist entities under Executive Order 13224. The three senior  leaders of each organisation were also designated as Specially Designated Global Terrorists under Executive Order 13224.

According to the State Department, the two designated organisations in Libya were involved in the 11 September 2012 attack on the US Special Mission and Annex in Benghazi, Libya, as well as frequent terrorist acts against civilians and numerous assassinations of security officials and political actors in eastern Libya. The designated organisation in Tunisia is said to have been involved in 14 September 2012 attack against the US embassy and American school in Tunis, as well as attacks against Tunisian security forces, assassinations of Tunisian political figures and attempted suicide bombings of locations that tourists frequent.

Department of State press release